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Not far into the long ski up to the cirque, over exertion and no sleep left Justin violently ill, and he opted to bail. Between dry heaves, he gave us the gear and showed the grit we know him for by shouting encouragement as he carried his skis back down the icy switchbacks...
There is a person in the climbing world, a vigilante really, who has for some time kept alpinist.com looking over its shoulder...
Though climbing skills are pretty important, so is looking stylish. You don't look good pulling burly moves if your clothing is played out.
Why, I wonder, would someone unicycle? Furthermore, why would someone ride down a 5.5 on a unicycle—a new sport called municycling?
After spending a couple hours more than planned on an ice climb and descending in the dark, I can recall one of my most satisfying meals being found beneath the passenger's seat of our waiting Range Rover...
The third (sort of unpunished) summit bid this summer of the New York Times Building, NYC suggests some very important conclusions about the instability of the climbing scene in Manhattan.
For someone who is discouraged just at being indoors practicing a beloved sport on technicolor plastic in the shape of genitalia and smiley faces verses on opalescent granite in the great outdoors, I would rather avoid these further annoyances.
Last week on this website, one blogger commented on this month's K2 tragedy, and those factors which most likely brought about the disaster: "ignorance or laziness."
Here's to supporting local action, and to hoping climbers in southern Utah unite.
It's not an unfamiliar story: inexperienced climber, beautiful mountain range, makes mistake, breaks lots of bones, calls 911 on cell phone, rescued by helicopter. If that climber didn't have a cell phone, would they really have made that climb?
Nazir Sabir of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, along with the help of other organizations, is collecting donations for the families of the two Pakistani high-altitude porters and the two Sherpas who perished on K2.
K2 is a beautiful and terrible peak; one that deserves the gravest respect, as this past week has shown us. It seems that the respect to which it is entitled fell by the wayside in the lead-up to the avalanche on August first.
Sounds easy with elevations like Florida's 345' and Louisiana's 535', but when you factor in Rainier, Elbert, Whitney, and Denali's staggering 20,320', the task starts to look daunting at best.